Book Description

Pen and ink drawing forming the front and rear cover design for Goodall’s book The Adventures of Paddy Pork (1968), depicting the eponymous Paddy skipping down a country lane to a fairground (right-hand side/front cover) and a village scene with other anthropomorphised animal inhabitants (left-hand side/rear cover). To the left is a blank space for the book’s titles to be placed; here the faint traces of titles in pencil can be seen but have been subsequently rubbed-out by the artist. The image measuring 38 x 14.5cm. Signed by the artist in ink to the lower left ("John S. Goodall"). There are a few discreet pinholes to the margins, otherwise condition is excellent - the image remaining clean and bright.
Dealer Notes
A splendid, typically playful pen and ink drawing by the artist, illustrator and author John Strickland Goodall (1908-1996) forming the original cover design for his most famous work, The Adventures of Paddy Pork (1968).
A charming wordless children’s picture book, the story follows the misadventures of Paddy Pork after he slips away from his mother to join the circus, only to find out that he was better off at home. The work won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award in 1969 and marked the beginning of one of the most successful chapters of Goodall’s artistic career, with the author-artist subsequently producing several other picture books in the same style which were published around the world, winning him numerous accolades and resulting in him becoming one of the publisher Macmillan’s best-selling authors.
Author GOODALL, John Strickland:
Date [1968]
Publisher [Original artwork].

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